Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov met Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus Andrey Shved
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The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Igor Krasnov is continuing his working visit to Minsk within the framework of which his meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko took place. They discussed the topics of interaction with Belarusian colleagues, deepening the interagency dialogue, and necessity of making adjustments in issues of ensuring security in the whole CIS area.

After the meeting with the President, the delegation of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation held a meeting with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus Andrey Shved.

When greeting the colleague, Igor Krasnov noted the current high level of the bilateral relations and mutual intent to join efforts concerning a most wide range of questions, including in the sphere of combating crime.

“The rapid processes of digitalization urge us to seek together new methods of addressing modern criminal challenges,” noted the Prosecutor General of Russia.

He told about annual increase of a number of cyber-attacks and facts of online frauds. In particular in Russia, more than a quarter of all registered crimes are currently committed with the use of information and communication technologies.

Furthermore, the head of the Russian supervision authority drew the colleague’s attention to the reality of the threat coming from extremist and terrorist organizations that actively use resources of the global web to propagate destructive ideologies and involve people in illegal activities.

Igor Krasnov expressed significant concern in connection with the influence which such ideas exert on the young generation.

“A particular concern is caused by the wide use of hidden resources of DarkNet, lack of legal regulation of circulation of various types of digital currencies, their conversion into fiat money, arrest and seizure,” underlined the head of the Russian supervision authority.

For those reasons, the Prosecutor General of Russia drew the foreign colleague’s attention to the relevance of the issue of control over virtual assets circulation raised by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Igor Krasnov told that the Russian prosecution service had implemented a complex of measure aimed at restraint of violations in the cryptocurrency market and expressed readiness to share the experience of that work at the expert level.

At the same time, the Prosecutor General of Russia indicated the need to pay serious attention to other important directions: preservation of natural resources and ecological well-being, protection of the rights and freedoms of socially vulnerable categories of people, countering the drug trafficking, corruption, domestic violence, especially against minors.

Igor Krasnov expressed his confidence that, using the existing mechanisms of interaction, including within the framework of the Joint Collegium of the Prosecutor Generals’ Offices of Russia and Belarus, the supervision authorities of the two countries would be able to evolve further steps on topical questions for the near future.

Having discussed the mentioned questions, the prosecutor generals signed the plan of joint activities for 2022, as well as the joint order updating the channels of cooperation beyond the criminal proceedings.

In conclusion of his visit, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation laid a wreath at the Victory Monument, one of the symbols of the capital of Belarus, which had been built in honor of the victory over fascist Germany and in memory of the soldiers of the Soviet Army, partisans, and members of the underground who had died during the Great Patriotic War.

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